Orpheum has Dreyer, Sinatra classics Movies: A film festival continues with 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' and 'Gertrud.'

June 12, 1998

After an intermission for Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) and "Gertrud" (1964) have returned to the Orpheum in Fells Point. The two classics, by Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer, play through Sunday. On Monday, "Twilight," Robert Benton's thriller starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Gene Hackman, falls on the landmark theater. Coming up at the Orpheum: a Frank Sinatra double feature with "Anchors Aweigh" and "The Manchurian Candidate." Clear your calendar.

'Murder By Contract'

The Charles Theatre continues its B-Films series Saturday with a screening of "Murder By Contract" (1958), Irving Lerner's now-classic about a professional hit-man who is hired to kill a witness and makes a fatal mistake. With Vince Edwards (whom B-film lovers just saw in Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing"), Philip Pine and Herschel Bernardi. Saturday's show starts at 11: 30 a.m., and repeats Monday at 7: 30 p.m. For more information call 410-727-FILM.

Show up for 'Detention'

Cinema Sunday will present Darryl LeMont Wharton's "Detention" on Sunday. The feature debut of the Baltimore filmmaker, who wrote, directed and co-stars in the movie, has enjoyed an active life on the festival circuit before returning home for another local screening. Starring Justin Black, Keisha Harvin, John Hall, Kiateane and Regi Davis, "Detention" traces a day in the life of five high school students who are kept after class by a caring and tough teacher. Wharton will be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening. Membership for the two remaining programs of Cinema Sundays is still available for $25 (members can renew for $20). If seating allows those who just want to attend Sunday's screening may purchase seats for $15 starting at 9: 45 a.m. The screening will begin at around 10: 30 a.m. For more information about joining Cinema Sundays call George Udel at 410-366-8675.

Don't forget your 'Jacket'

Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival got off to a rousing start last week with the Baltimore premiere of the cherchez l'homme romance "Leather Jacket Love Story." Mink Stole, who plays a cafe owner in the film, came back home for the festivities and brought along the film's screenwriter, Rondo Mieczkowski, and star, Christopher Bradley. Bradley, who plays a sexually voracious, leather-clad carpenter in the movie, recalled watching the film "Vanishing Point" at 14, "and the horrible gay stereotype of the two guys who tried to kidnap Barry Newman. I remember how disturbing that was for me. What excited me about this film was that, rather than waiting around for someone to do a decent representation of gay life on film, these guys did it themselves." Bradley added that as soon as he took the job, his agent immediately tried to talk him out of it. "He said, 'What will people think?' And that's never a good enough reason." Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival ended last night with a screening of "Lilies." "Leather Jacket Love Story" opens today at the Charles Theatre.

'Godzilla,' begone

It's safe to go back to the Senator. Starting today, "The Truman Show" kicks "Godzilla" off the screen at the venerable Art Deco showplace at 5904 York Road. Quality 1, Quantity 0.

Pub Date: 6/12/98

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